Girl confession time: I’m not that into pampering.
I’ve had exactly 1 massage and 2 pedicures in my entire life, and that’s the extent of my pampering experience. It’s just not really my thing. Massages feel good I guess, if I can get over the small detail about a stranger touching me in almost all the places, and my toes look oh so pretty after a pedicure,if I can get over the fact that another human being is kneeling before me beautifying my horrid toes. But all in all, it’s just not something I have to go do.
That being said, if someone offers me an opportunity to get pampered, you better believe I will take them up on it. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason the above three instances even occurred.
The lovely folks over at Novita Spa on the Square in Georgetown asked if I would take advantage of a special facial package they are offering exclusively for Spa Week, April 15 – 21, 2013: a 75 minute Bella Facial Package including their Spa Bella Facial, collagen eye treatment with photo light therapy, and heated hand treatment.
And then I was all, Oh, you know, I’m kinda bus–YES YES YES WHERE DO I SIGN WHEN CAN I COME HOW DO I GET THERE YES YES YES!
So I was on my way. ON my husband’s birthday, no less, but it was totally his idea.
Georgetown is a little town outside of Austin with one of those quaint historic downtown squares that are ripe for strolling. Novita Spa is an oasis on the square, a unique experience that specializes in clinical skin care, with an emphasis on pampering. Since I’m not really that used to being pampered, I wasn’t sure what I was in for. Am I the only person on Earth who gets super anxious when she’s supposed to be relaxing?
The cozy, darkened hallway smelled of essential oils, with soothing zen-like music playing over hidden speakers. I was shown into a changing room where I could slip into something a little more comfortable.
Was I supposed to keep my underthings on? Go completely nude? I had no idea, and the lack of wi-fi signal prevented me from asking people who were likely more spa experienced than I (read: Twitter). But I have a feeling there’s no signal in that place. I was supposed to be unwiiiiiinding and relaaaaaaxing, not OMG I CAN’T TWEET MY QUESTIONS ABOUT UNDERWEAR!
Before my facial I was invited to hang out in the steam room and sweat out all my worries. It took a little getting used to, but I eventually embraced the stifling heat and relaxed, pretending I was sitting outside while my kids swam in the dead of summer. Because let’s face it, mid-July in Texas isn’t that much cooler.
When it was time for my facial, Novita owner Megan DiMartino led me to a room for my procedure. She explained in detail the purpose of Novita Spa. Novita Spa is first and foremost a clinical establishment, focusing on skin care, skin therapy, massage, and more, but still ensuring that their clients feel pampered. I definitely did. Megan performed a 75 minute Bella Facial Package on me, which included the Spa Bella Facial, collagen eye treatment with photo light therapy, and heated hand treatment. She explained each step of the process, and since I don’t know all that much about skin care — my routine hasn’t changed that much since high school, I’m afraid to admit — a lot of it was news to me. She advised me on the importance of exfoliation, a step I have never really made a priority, and explained that most people are doing it all wrong. For example, I always thought that face washes with microbeads were good for exfoliating, but Megan explained that there are more steps to take, such as using a serum with salicylic acid or fruit enzymes.
After a few minutes of steam, heated hand treatments, and quiet time in which I’m pretty sure I fell asleep (no surprise there), the facial was over and it was time to get my makeup done. One of the employees matched me up with foundation, eye shadow, lipstick, and brow color from Novita’s own mineral makeup line. I think the last time I had my makeup done was before my wedding, y’all, and this girl did a much better job.
And then my children burst through the door of the building, their shouts echoing throughout the high ceilings and shattering everyone’s sense of zen. Thus my day of pampering was at an end. But you still have a chance!
During Spa Week, Novita Spa is offering two different treatments for $50 each:
- 75 Min Spring Renewal Body Package including Detox Steam Treatment, Salt Glo Body Polish and Satin Firming Toning Body Gel
- 75 Min Bella Facial Package including Spa Bella Facial, Detox Steam Treatment, Collagen Eye Treatment with Photo Light Therapy, and Heated Hand Treatment
To view the special Spa Week offerings and to book your treatment, visit the Novita Spa page on spaweek.com. Now go get pampered!
I was given a complimentary 75 minute Bella Facial Package in exchange for this post. All other opinions and words and such are my own.